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Why do people abuse alcohol and drugs?

People use substances like alcohol, tobacco, prescription or over-the-counter medications, or illicit drugs (e.g. marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin) to alter the way they feel. Alcohol or drugs are often used to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. However, instead of improving their situation, people often become addicted to the substance used.

Behavioral changes, including:
  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
  • Using substances in dangerous situations such as while driving
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Personality changes
  • Mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
  • Lack of motivation
  • Fear, anxiety, or paranoia
  • Self-isolation
Physical changes, including:
  • Bloodshot eyes and abnormal pupil size
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Declining physical appearance
  • Tremors, slurred speech, or poor coordination
  • Dilated pupils
Social changes, such as:
  • Change in friends or favorite activities
  • Legal problems related to substance use
  • Financial problems
How is drug addiction treated?

For those concerned that they or a loved one have a drug or alcohol problem, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis by a qualified health care provider. If you need addiction treatment, a professional assessment will determine which treatment is right for you.

Established methods for treating drug addiction have been shown to be effective in individuals who are motivated to recover and are committed to getting the support they need. Success in recovery from addiction requires a significant lifestyle change, and constant daily effort to remain sober and drug-free.

If you need addiction treatment, a professional assessment will determine which treatment is right for you.


Sometimes when people stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol they experience withdrawal symptoms—including distress, strong cravings or feeling sick. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and often cause people to relapse. Withdrawal from alcohol and prescription sedatives can be life-threatening. A doctor – sometimes in combination with other health care professionals – should provide medical supervision of withdrawal, also called detoxification. Although not a treatment itself, detoxification is an important first step in recovery.


People who are addicted to opioids, such as heroin or prescription painkillers like OxyContin®, alcohol, and nicotine should be also assessed by a doctor to see if they may benefit from addiction medication (like methadone, buprenorphine or Vivitrol), particularly if they have struggled with addiction for a long time. Medications can also be helpful for other substance use and mental health disorders.


Therapy (also called counseling) is the most common form of addiction treatment. Effective therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, community reinforcement approach, contingency management, behavioral couples/family therapy, 12-step facilitation and family therapy for adolescents.

Treatment Setting

Treatment can be offered in many places – including a private office, a community clinic, a residential facility, or a hospital. The treatment setting that is right for you depends on your needs. Many people will do well in outpatient treatment – others require a higher level of care. An assessment will tell you which setting is best for you.

How to Find Quality Care

When choosing a treatment program, look for the following:

  • Program and individual providers are licensed/accredited.
  • Provider offers a range of effective treatments, including medication.
  • A doctor is on staff or available for consultation.
  • Continuing care (therapy, medication, family or peer support services, general medical care and relapse monitoring) is available.

Although some people recover from addiction after one treatment, many need several treatments, just like people with other chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, or hypertension. Relapse is a normal part of the recovery process, but it is important to get help immediately if that occurs. Recovery from addiction often requires a life-long commitment to your health. Above all, never lose hope – many people with addiction are able to manage it and lead healthy and productive lives

Our Admission Process

The admission process is quite simple and begins with just one phone call to the Joshua Treatment Center. One of our representatives will gather information from the potential client then submit this information to the nurse. The nurse will then call back the potential client asking more detailed information. The nurse will then meet with the doctor to see if the potential client meets the criteria to receive our services. Most are accepted into our program. Our representative will then call the potential client back and schedule a time for them to come in. Once here, they will fill out the needed forms and begin their treatment program thus beginning their journey to recovery.

Paying For Treatment

Figuring out your insurance coverage and benefits for substance abuse treatment can be challenging. Let us help. Our experienced staff is skilled at working with all types of insurance plans and companies and can guide you in accessing the maximum benefits available.

Lima UMADAOP accepts most private insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid.

When you call, our financial case managers will work with you and your insurance company to determine the best funding plan for you.

Call us at Phone:(419) 222-4474 ; Teléfono:1-866-712-4401 and a recovery expert will help you look into your insurance coverage options for alcohol or drug rehab.

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